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Monday, 17 May 2010

  • Leading article: In the end, spending cuts are political
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    Mr Osborne presented this as a revolutionary development yesterday. But in economic terms, this is nowhere near as significant as Gordon Brown's decision to grant independence to the Bank of England in 1997. The latter handed over real power over a c...

  • Leading article: The time to assign blame will come later
    Monday, 17 May 2010

    Yet it's becoming apparent that the disaster is more open-ended than anyone imagined. It's far from clear that a turning point is even in prospect, though the company is talking up the chances of success of its latest plan, which involves inserting a...

  • Leading article: At the edge of the precipice
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    On previous occasions the eruptions have been quelled either by army coups or by the intervention of the King, the 81-year-old Bhumibol Adulyadej, whose position and personal standing have been such as to force the combatants to withdraw in the inter...

  • Letters: The left and the election
    Monday, 17 May 2010

    The left was defeated unambiguously in this election. Labour got 29 per cent of the vote, its second lowest figure in post-war history. The Conservatives got over 36 per cent, and a seven-point lead over Labour. If constituency boundaries had not bee...

  • Leading article: Proceed with caution
    Monday, 17 May 2010

    The Government clearly believes there is no time like the present to start work on reducing Britain's enormous £163bn budget deficit. The reasoning of the Prime Minister, and still more of his Chancellor, is that if you are going to have to make the ...

  • Ed Balls: We must listen and connect
    Monday, 17 May 2010

    And we watched an era of Labour politics come to a close as Gordon and Sarah Brown walked with dignity down Downing Street for the last time with their two young sons. John and Fraser will grow up proud of what their dad achieved. So we are still com...

  • Letters: Political futures
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    It is a pity that your leading article of 17 May continues to make the simplistic argument that cutting public spending in the short term threatens the recovery. Provided fiscal tightening is based on lower public spending and not higher taxation, ...

  • Leading article: Tidy vintage
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    But perhaps we shouldn't be so surprised. For Wales has a history of exotic exports which surprise and delight foreign tastes, from David Lloyd George to Shirley Bassey, to Henry VII and Catherine Zeta Jones. Is it really so odd that Wales should pro...

  • Steve Connor: Time to call it a day for all the unfounded hang-ups about the dangers of mobiles
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    Indeed it is, because what in effect scientists are trying to do in studying mobile phones and ill health is to prove a negative. They would like to reassure the public, if they can, that mobile phones pose no health risks, but they also know that it...

  • Sean O'Grady: If you get all the bad news out at once, the only way left to go will be up. Or will it?
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    Whether by accident or design, the coalition government seems to have written its narrative without too much difficulty. It is this: "Don't blame us for all the painful cuts we're about to inflict on you. Blame Gordon Brown." It's the "trashing" Davi...

  • Katherine Butler: It looks like a victory for Iran – but we've been here before
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    It certainly looks like a victory for Iran. Just as the pace of negotiations on a fourth round of UN sanctions appears to be intensifying in the Security Council, Iran signs up to a fuel exchange deal which appears, at face value, to weaken its capac...

  • Liz Hoggard: The earth isn't moving any more
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    It sounds like the dark dystopian vision of Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale (where handmaids are assigned to bear children for elite couples that have trouble conceiving) or films such as Gattaca and Code 46, where a genetically engineered popu...

  • Michael McCarthy: This is no forecast. Climate change is here and now
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    Africa may well be the region where global warming hits hardest in the coming century, a possibility clearly spelled out in the last report of the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) published in 2007. "New studies confirm that Afri...

  • Gareth Price: Even if the protests can be ended peacefully, Thai society will remain polarised
    Tuesday, 18 May 2010

    Outside mediation, probably by the United Nations, provides the best hope for a peaceful solution to the current stand-off. Agreeing that the demonstrators can avoid prosecution, coupled with the promise of elections, may be the starting offer from t...

  • Leading article: Ivy league
    Monday, 17 May 2010

    But ivy doesn't eat buildings. As we report, research from Oxford University suggests it has the opposite effect on brickwork, shielding it from damaging exposure to temperature change. Nature-lovers won't be surprised by ivy's restoration from the b...

  • David Lammy: The party must rediscover its passion for social justice
    Monday, 17 May 2010

    The new political reality is this: the coalition Government has done more to modernise and rebrand the Conservative Party than anything since Margaret Thatcher. Cameron is no longer the prisoner of his party's Right flank. He has the chance to earn t...

  • Daisy Cross: For better or worse, they're getting used to the limelight
    Monday, 17 May 2010

    A rumble of excitement went around the carriage as the train pulled late into the NEC, a crowd of eager Liberal Democrats spilling on to the platform and thundering towards the conference hall. Most were well-turned-out, even the ponytail-wearing mal...

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